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‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell’ – A fascinating story and brilliant read

I’ve just finished reading a news story on the BBC website called ‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell‘ about the secrets and lies a woman was told growing up during her unusual childhood. I should point out it is real life, not fiction.

I’m trying my best not to spoil anything because it’s an absolutely fascinating story and brilliant read. It’s one of those stories that shows real life is stranger than fiction.

I’m still trying to process it all. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in her place.

Go read it. It’s long but well worth your time.


Man gets stuck in a spanner [Weird News]

Flicking through the news earlier I came across the rather bizarre and uncomfortable story of a man who got a certain special part of himself stuck in a spanner.

The brave, curious, and highly stupid man went to A&E where they had to call the South Wales Fire Service to come and help him out, quite literally in this case.

Now I say brave because it takes a certain amount of courage to try such a thing, I say curious because it takes a special kind of inquisitive soul to look at a spanner and find new uses for it shall we say? And I say highly stupid because it is a bloody spanner, what did you think would happen if you stuck your dick in it? Who looks at a spanner and gets aroused?  “Oh my what a delightful spanner you have” he says with a lustful look in his eye.

It must be really awkward going to a hardware shop with this guy, he’d probably wander off leaving you looking all over the place for him before you find him stood in the tool aisle staring at the spanners.

Not wanting to miss out on some social media attention South Wales Fire Service took to Twitter because of course they did, companies and organisations love taking to Twitter to show how “cool” they are, to remind people: “If you’re using tools, make sure you’re handling as the manufacturer recommends.”

It’s good solid advice from South Wales Fire Service and one that will probably ensure that you don’t waste too much of their time. They do a very very important job. It’s a little sad that they have to remind people but sadly that’s the world we live in.

Of course we’ve missed out the obvious question, how big was the spanner?

On second thoughts I don’t want to know. I think we’ll leave it there.

What the world would look like without people

OK so the title is a bit of a lie because we can never what the world would look like without people, they’d be no people to look at the world and go “hmm so that’s what the world would look like without people, neat.” Well at least that’s what I would probably say if I was in a position to see such a thing somehow.

Oh and of course, in case anyone is panicking, people haven’t actually disappeared from the world. As a whole that is. People still exist and populate the world. Don’t worry. You are not alone. You’re not the last one left. If you were though it would mean the title is a lie still for as long as you exist.

With the lies of the title out-of-the-way, earlier I was looking through the news online when I came across this. An article in an online newspaper of a bunch of photographs of places that people have abandoned and nature has reclaimed over the years.

I love stuff like this, photos of long forgotten and abandoned places, it has that post-apocalyptic feel and shows what would happen to all our lovely buildings should humanity just die off.

It’s eerily beautiful how nature just moves right back in and reclaims it all if we aren’t there to push back against it. There’s probably some symbolism about the constant fight or struggle between man and nature there but I’m too engrossed in the pretty pictures.

It all just looks so peaceful. No worries about all the stresses and pressure of modern life, none of the persistent noises of cars, people, and every other bit of technology that we can’t escape. Just peaceful.

If I ever had the chance I would love to go exploring around places like that. Maybe take a book and spend a relaxing afternoon there.

Anyway just thought I would share a link to the news article so that you can check out the photographs for yourself because they really are quite something.

Malta’s Azure Window rock formation is no more

Terrible news for travel lovers and sightseers everywhere coming out of Malta today as their famous Azure Window rock formation has collapsed into the sea after heavy storms. Continue reading Malta’s Azure Window rock formation is no more

Coca-Cola have designed selfie bottles because of course they have

Coca-Cola have invented a special bottle that takes a selfie when you take a drink because what the world is in desperate need of is more ways to take a bloody selfie.

It’s only being used at some brand festival event in Israel at the moment but you know that if it proves a hit or if there is high enough demand for it they’ll release it worldwide.  The thing that saddens me most is that I can imagine it being a hit and people around the world wanting one.

There’s no talk in the article (which is linked at the bottom of this page) about how much a bottle will cost which is bound to be more than a regular bottle of coca-cola since it has a camera.

Oh and for you selfie perfectionists out there be warned, once you the bottle is tilted to a 70-degree angle a picture is automatically taken and uploaded to Coca-Cola’s social media sites which means no deleting and taking a thousand pictures until you find the “perfect” one you desperately crave.

This is all because Coca-Cola want to get in on the selfie craze and because they think there is a gap in the market for novelty drinks. Who the hell wants a novelty drink? I drink because I am thirsty, not as a novelty. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy new and interesting flavours and mixes because I do but this selfie bottle is not that.

Go check out the story for yourself and let me know in the comments below if this is the sort thing you’d be interested in. I promise not to judge you too harshly for it.


Just how dangerous is a cat bite? Bad news cat owners

Earlier on when I was surfing through the Daily Mail website I came across an article titled:

“Being bitten by your CAT is much more dangerous than you think: A feline’s fangs inject bacteria deep under the skin and can even cause sepsis”

At first I thought it might be a bit of a bombastic headline, it’s a newspaper after all, they love big flashy headlines to grab your attention (although I suppose that applies to blogs as well), and it’s the Daily Mail who have a bit of a reputation for going over the top and fearmongering. Still as a cat owner I thought it was important to take a read, my cat is very playful and does go to bite a lot, she also loves chewing and gnawing on things.

The information in the article is quite terrifying. Apparently because cat’s have pointed sharp teeth that are perfect for small piercing bites that draw blood mixed with the bacteria that they (and all other animals) have in their mouths there is a high risk of getting infection.

Clean it out thoroughly, go to a doctor, get a tetanus jab and some antibiotics and normally you are alright.

Not always however as happened to the person in the article (and about 14 per cent of cases) as it can lead to cellulitis, which the article says is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of skin and underlying tissue which most people recover from with antibiotics but if you are unlucky can turn serve and life-threatening.

I am one such person unlucky enough to actually have suffered from severe cellulitis many years ago which put me into hospital for about a week, I do not want to repeat that. It was not pleasant. It didn’t help that it was at Christmas either although I didn’t get it because of a cat bite.

It can also lead to fingers having to be removed or losing movement in fingers. Again neither of which are very pleasant.

The danger is that because the wound caused by cat bites are normally quite small and draw very little blood most people don’t think that there is a danger or risk and so ignore it. To which I can safely say that I will never ignore any cat bite in the future, I don’t want to run the risk of infections or losing fingers. I might also stay away from my cat for a bit, I think she is looking at me funny.

Go check out the article yourself and pass it along to any cat owners and lovers you know. It might just help them.